Authors: Aghabarari, B; Luque-Centeno, JM; Capel-Sanchez, M; Elorri, MJL; Martinez-Huerta, MV

Catalysts. vol: 9. page: 2073-4344.
Date: MAY. 2019.
Doi: 10.3390/catal9050471.

Cost-efficient and sustainable electrocatalysts for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) is highly desired in the search for clean and renewable energy sources. In this study, we develop a new one-step synthesis strategy of novel composites based on Ni and molybdenum carbide embedded in N- and P-dual doped carbon matrices using mainly chitosan biopolymer as the carbon and nitrogen source, and molybdophosphoric acid (HMoP) as the P and Mo precursor. Two composites have been investigated through annealing a mixture of Ni/chitosan and HMoP with two unlike carbon matrices, melamine and graphene oxide, at a high temperature. Both composites exhibit similar multi-active sites with high electrocatalytic activity for OER in an alkaline medium, which is comparable to the IrO2 catalyst. For this study, an accurate measurement of the onset potential for O-2 evolution has been used by means of a rotating ring-disk electrode (RRDE). The use of this method allows confirming a better stability in the chitosan/graphene composite. This work serves as a promising approach for the conversion of feedstock and renewable chitosan into desired OER catalysts..